Los Angeles County
Department of Regional Planning
Planning for the Challenges Ahead
Bruce W. McClendon, FAICP
Director of Planning
ANSWERS TO COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON
FIRE REBUILD/REPAIR REQUIREMENTS
This document provides answers to commonly asked questions regarding the
rebuild/repair process at the Department of Regional Planning (DRP) for properties
damaged or destroyed during the recent Malibu Fire. DRP is committed to assist
Malibu Fire victims through the permit process. Special circumstances that do not fit
these general requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
1. Where can I get planning information about rebuilding?
Planner: Jarod Nygren firstname.lastname@example.org
Supervisor: Annie Lin email@example.com
Calabasas/Malibu Field Office (818) 880-3799
2660 Agoura road Fax: (818) 880-6279
Calabasas, CA 91302
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Effective January 2, 2008 public hours will be Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
(Appointments can be scheduled on a case by case basis for customers that cannot
come during scheduled hours )
While the field office is intended to be a more convenient location for most
property owners, you may also obtain information at our downtown office.
Planner: Richard Claghorn firstname.lastname@example.org
320 West Temple Street, Room 1360 (213) 974-6411
Los Angeles, CA 90012 Fax: (213) 680-9660
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
2. What planning applications are required to rebuild?
To rebuild a single-family residence and/or guesthouse that was legally built and
conforms with all current code requirements, the following Department of
Regional Planning applications are required (see attached applications):
A site plan review application ($923 fee). If the building does not conform
with all current code requirements and any modification or variance is
320 West Temple Street ▪ Los Angeles, CA 90012 ▪ 213-974-6411 ▪ Fax: 213-626-0434 ▪ TDD: 213-617-2292
requested, different applications and filing fees will be required. Please
contact a planner for detailed information.
The Local Agency Review Form (Approval in Concept for Coastal
A Certificate of Compliance ($1520) for parcels that were not created by a
legal subdivision and do not already have a recorded Certificate of
Environmental Review Board (ERB) review is required for properties within a
sensitive environmental resource area, unless the proposal is only to replace
destroyed structures that were legally built and comply with all applicable
existing requirements, do not exceed either the floor area, height or bulk of
the destroyed structures by more than 10 percent, and are sited in the same
location (exemption pursuant to Section 22.44.130 and 22.56.2290 of the
Zoning Code). For ERB review, an additional fee of $525 is required.
To repair an existing legally built one-story structure, or to rebuild a non-habitable
accessory structure such as a garage within the existing footprint, the following
applications are required:
A Zoning Conformance Review application ($171 fee) for projects that comply
with all current code requirements. If the structure does not conform with all
current code requirements or any modifications or variances are requested,
different applications and filing fees shall be required. Please contact a
planner for detailed information.
The Local Agency Review Form (Approval in Concept for Coastal
Please be aware that review and approval of your project will also be required by
other local and State agencies, including the Department of Public Works,
Department of Health Services, Fire Department, and California Coastal
Commission. Please contact these agencies directly for additional information.
3. How do I know if my property was created by a legal subdivision and whether a
Certificate of Compliance (CoC) is required?
The Department has identified affected properties that were not created by a
subdivision (see attached map). However, you must also review your
Preliminary Title Report to verify whether a CoC has already been issued for your
property. If not, then a CoC application is required.
4. What are sensitive environmental resource areas and how do I know if my
property is located within one?
These are identified in the Malibu Land Use Plan as having sensitive
environmental resources and projects within these areas must be evaluated for
conformity with resource protection policies. The Department has prepared a
map that depicts the location of all affected properties and sensitive
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environmental resource areas (see attached). Please refer to this map to
determine whether ERB review applies to your project. You may also contact a
planner for detailed verification.
5. Am I required to build my home in compliance with current requirements?
Yes, all structures must be built according to requirements in effect at the time of
approval. Otherwise, a modification request, variance or other discretionary
review may be required with additional applications and fees. In most cases, this
will require a public hearing and/or notification to neighboring property owners.
Please consult a planner for more details.
6. What if the structure was illegally built or converted?
Structures must be rebuilt or repaired to comply with all current requirements
using the procedures set forth in Question 2.
7. Can I rebuild/repair a nonconforming structure (a structure built lawfully but no
longer permitted due to changes in the zone or zoning ordinance)?
A nonconforming structure may be repaired provided the cost of
reconstruction does not exceed 50% of its total market value and that the
repair is started within one year of the date of damage.
For repairs exceeding 50% of the market value or for complete rebuilds, you
must obtain approval for the nonconforming structure via a discretionary
process such as a modification request, variance, or nonconforming review.
In most cases, this will require a public hearing and/or notification to
neighboring roperty owners. Please consult a planner for more details.
8. May I live in a temporary mobile home on my property while I rebuild?
Yes, provided you have obtained appropriate agency approvals, including site
plan approval and building permit issuance. The mobile home must be used as a
residence by the owner during construction only while a building permit for the
construction is in effect and provided that:
1. The site plan demonstrates a reasonable, practical and economically feasible
means of removing the mobile home following completion of construction; and
2. The mobile home has a maximum of one dwelling unit, is a maximum width of
12 feet and has no structural attachments; and
3. The mobile home must be removed prior to the end of 12 months from the
date of approval unless a conditional use permit has been obtained.
9. How long do I have to rebuild?
For conforming structures, there is no deadline to rebuild. However, site plan
approvals are valid for two years, plus one additional year if a time extension
has been filed before the plan expiration.
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For nonconforming structures with a maximum reconstruction cost of 50% of
the total market value, the repair must start within one year of the date of
10. What information do you have regarding plans on file for existing structures on
The Department has conducted extensive research into existing plot plans and
certificates of compliance for affected properties. Attached is a list and map
identifying these files. The Department has collected these files to make them
readily available for review at the Calabasas/Malibu Field Office.
11. What happens if you do not have any plans on file for my property?
If your rebuild/repair complies with all current requirements, having previous
plans or records on file for your property is not necessary. You will be allowed to
rebuild/repair in conformance with all current regulations. Otherwise, the
Department will review existing Assessor’s records and Building Permits in order
to make a case-by-case evaluation of your application.
12. How can you assist me with my rebuild/repair project?
DRP is committed to expedite applications to rebuild/repair structures damaged
or destroyed by the Malibu fire. It is our intent to review site plan applications
within two weeks. In addition, if you need more information or assistance, a
planner will be happy to schedule an individual appointment with you to discuss
the application process and requirements and answer any questions you may
The general information provided above may not reflect requirements for all
rebuild/repair projects. Please contact a planner for detailed information about your
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